UNN hosts 1st International Workshop on Science Park and Innovation Ecosystem for National Development

Written by helen.okpala

University of Nigeria (UNN) will host the 1st International Workshop on Science


Park and Innovation Ecosystem for National Development (SPIE4ND) from 20th to
23rd february, 2018 at the Princess Alexandria Auditorium, Nsukka Main Campus
of the University in partnership with Ideon Science Park, Sweden & Lundavision,
The workshop is aimed at identifying pathways for progress in Science, Technology and Innovation Ecosystem in order to promote the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs 1-17) for Nigeria’s economic transformation and national development. The international workshop will be a forum where local, regional and global actors from governments, academia/research, private sector and civil society can exchange
ideas/knowledge, plans and practices on innovative initiatives aimed at addressing national development challenges geared towards progress in SDG 17 which focus on STI priority.  Discussions will center on core areas aimed at enabling progress towards sustainable development namely:

(i) ICT, (ii) Skills Acquisition and YouthE Employment

(iii) Industrial Transformation, (iv) Energy, and (v) Sustainable Agriculture through Tractorisation, (vi) Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

With the inauguration of the first University-based incubator hub (Roar Nigeria), the Lion Laptop Assembly Line, and the Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy (HAINA), the University has demonstrated her strong vision to promote
Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in an ecosystem for economic transformation and national development in line with United Nations SDG 17 and African Union’s 2063 Agenda on Science, Technology and Innovation
Strategy for Africa (STISA) 2024.

Workshop participants will be exposed to recent trends in Science Park development, Innovation Ecosystem and Entrepreneurship using the Swedish model as an example. Amongst other renowned innovation experts, Dr Sven-Thore Holm, Prof. Per Eriksson, Mr. Jonas Michanek, Dr Andreas Gothenberg, Mr Robert Keller and Ms Anna Malkan will present papers.
The core participants targeted for the international workshop include:
* Vice Chancellors, Provosts and Rectors of Tertiary Institutions plus at least
six nominated Senior academic/Staff members of their institutions;
* State Executive Governors and at least six nominated Government officials;
* Honourable Commissioners of Ministries of Science & Technology, Agriculture,
Commerce/Trade, Industry, Investment and Tourism plus at least six nominated
officials of their Ministries;
* Permanent Secretaries of Ministries of Science & Technology, Agriculture,
Commerce/Trade, Industry, Investment &Tourism plus at least six nominated
officials of Ministries;
* Directors of Ministries of Science & Technology, Agriculture, Commerce/Trade,
Industry, Investment and Tourism plus at least six nominated officials of their
* Researchers in Universities and Research Institutes;
* Senior Officials of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture;
* ICT based Technology Experts;
* MD/CEOs of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs);
* Investors in biotechnology and pharmaceutical technology;
* Proprietors of new Start-up enterprises;
* Venture capitalist firms;
* Entrepreneurs and Industrialists; and
* Local Government Chairmen and Councilors in-charge of Agriculture,
Commerce, Trade, Industry and Tourism
Main Theme: Science Park and Innovation Ecosystem for National Development
Sub-themes of the workshop:
* Science, Technology and Innovation Priority
* Venture Capital Financing of Innovative Start-ups and SMEs
* Intellectual Property Promotion and Protection
* Research Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

* University-based Science Parks

* Technology-based Enterprises, Industrial Growth and SME Clusters
* Innovation Ecosystem
* Innovation Governance Framework
* Oil Sector Innovation
* Sustainable Agriculture through Tractorisation
* Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
Special Guest of Honour: Dr Ogbonnaya Onu
Honourable Minister
Federal Ministry of Science & Technology, Abuja

Keynote Speaker: Dr Sven-Thore Holm
Founder & Former CEO, Ideon Science Park, Sweden
CEO, LundaVision AB, Sweden
Topic: The Effects of Science Parks on Universities, Companies and the Region
Keynote Speaker: Professor Per Eriksson (Professor in Signaling Processing)
Former (153rd) Vice Chancellor, Lund University, Sweden
1st Director General, Swedish Innovation Agency (VINNOVA)
1st President, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Topic: The Role of Universities and the Role of the National Innovation Agency
in the Innovation Ecosystem

Papers to be presented during the workshop and the lead speakers include:
1. Role of Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship in Innovation-driven Growth and
and Development — Dr Okechukwu Enelamah (Hon. Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, Nigeria)
2. Science, Technology and Innovation Priority: What Stakeholders should know
– Prof Emmanuel Nnadozie (Executive Secretary, ACBF Zimbabwe)
3. Intellectual Property Promotion and Protection: Pros and Cons –
Dr. Dan-Azumi M. Ibrahim, DG, National Office for Technology Acquisitiona and Promotion (NOTAP)

4. Research Commercialization and Entrepreneurship: Successes & Challenges – – Engr Umar Buba Bindir, former DG, NOTAP & Current SSG, Adamawa State

5. Developing University-based Science Parks: Challenges and Prospects
–Dr Andreas Gothenberg, Executive Director, Swedish International Foundation
for Cooperation in Higher Education and Research (STINT) & Diran Makinde,
(Snr Advisor, NEPAD Industrialization, Science, Techn. and Innovation Hub)

6. Imperatives of Establishing Technology-based Enterprises – Prof Adebayo
Olukoshi, Director, Africa, International IDEA, Addis Ababa
7. Industrial Growth and SMEs Clusters: Challenges and Prospects –Jean Bakole,
UNIDO, Representative to ECOWAS & Regional Director/Nigeria.
8. Creative Environments – Mr Jonas Michanek, Ideon Science Park, Sweden
9. Introducing an Integral Innovation Governance Framework for Africa
–Prof. Alwyn Louw, President, Monash South Africa
10. Connected Oil Sector Innovation within SMEs: Understanding the Market
Place – Engr Dr Emeka Okwuosa, Chairman, OilServ Ltd., Houston, USA
11. Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation for Africa’s Development
– Dr Nkechi Onyenegho, Harvard University, Boston, USA
12. Sustainable Agriculture for National Development through Tractorisation
– Dr Ike Willie-Nwobu, Senior Consultant, Abuja
13. How to Build a Startup Business for Competitiveness – Ms Anna Malkan
14. Nano Technology as Integral Part of Scientific Innovation – Prof F.I. Ezema
(Coordinator, NANO Research Group, UNN)
Paper Discussants (at Plenary Sessions):
1. Prof. Mrs Joy Ezeilo, OON (Intellectual Property, Promotion & Protection)
2. Prof. Kenneth C. Ofokansi (University Science Parks and Innovation Ecosystem)
3. Prof. Mrs Stella I. Madueme (SMEs and Industrial Growth)
4. Engr. Charles Emembolu (Venture Capital and Innovative Start-Ups)
5. Engr. Okechi Igwebuike (Technology-based Incubators and ICT)
6. Dr Damian Odimegwu (Research Commercialization & Entrepreneurship)
7. Dr J.O. Chukwu (Science, Technology and Innovation Priority)
8. Dr Paul M. Ejikeme (Nano Technology and Research)
9. Prof Mrs A.I. Achike (Sustainable Agriculture)

Interested prospective participants can register to participate in the workshop by filling in the online form available on UNN website on or before 10th February, 2018 (early birds) or till 23rd February, 2018 (late registration). They can as well reach out to any of these mobile lines and e-mails:

1 Prof Kenneth Ofokansi
2 Prof Mrs Joy N. Ezeilo
3 Dr Jude O. Chukwu
4 Dr Paul M. Ejikeme
5 Engr Charles Emembolu
6 Ike Willie-Nwobu

Interested Participants
The international workshop offers the much cherished networking opportunity for innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs and development actors.I Interestedparticipants are advised to pre-register by filling the online forma availablein UNN website. A registration fee of N50, 000 or US$160 (for early birds) is required for regular participants, covering all days of the workshop and including tea/coffee, lunch and workshop materials. Note that early bird registration is available until 10th February, 2018. A late registration fee of N75, 000 or US$240 will be charged after this date.

Payment: Payment should be made using the bank details below:
*Bank Name – University of Nigeria Nsukka CBN Recurrent Account
*Account Number0060218261011
*Participants are expected to show evidence of payment (deposit slip) at the workshop. However, cash payment will be accepted at the workshop. For more information, please visit our page on the UNN website or contact the conference team at

Conference Partners:

University of Nigeria (UNN):
The University of Nigeria, since 1960, is the first indigenous University in Nigeria, and a huge knowledge market. It is an innovative research and knowledge transfer intensive institution with huge human capital outlay at her disposal. The University has an incubator hub (Roar Nigeria), 16 Faculties, no less than 7 Research Institutes, more than 12 Research Centers, more than 100 Departments, more than 15,000 postgraduate students and more than 30, 000 undergraduate students.
Ideon Science Park (ISP):
Ideon Science Park (ISP) is an arena and an engine for economic growth and one of the most exciting places in Europe, where sharp minds meet to create the future. The Science Park is famous for its disruptive products and technologies. The turbohaler, dialysis machine, mobile phone, bluetooth, the use of ultrasound in medicine, the first network connected video cameras, the ink-jet printer and the first artificial respirator were all invented in and around ISP, many of them in relation with scientists from Lund University. Today over 400 companies, out of which 20 are from Forbes 2000 list, resides in the park in Lund, in the south of Sweden. ISP today work within 4 challenge driven focus areas; Future transportation, Smart cities, Health tech and Smart material.

Lundavision AB:
Lundavision AB provides strategic advice to academic institutions, governments and industry on how to build and enhance comprehensive innovation systems, as a necessary part of the infrastructure of the future.

CHIEF HOST Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Members
Prof Benjamin C. Ozumba
Vice Chancellor
University of Nigeria
Prof Kenneth C. Ofokansi (Chairman)
Prof Mrs Joy N. Ezeilo (Co-Chairman)
Dr Jude O. Chukwu (Secretary)
Dr Paul M. Ejikeme (Member)
Engr Charles Emembolu (Consultant/Member)
Ike Willie-Nwobu (Consultant/Member)

HOTEL Accommodation & Transportation:
Top hotels in Nsukka near the University are available for booking/reservation:
Inside UNN Main Campus
(1) UNN (CEC) Guest House:
CEC is the University of Nigeria hospitality centre with over 30 rooms. It is situated at the centre of the University Main Campus.
Contact Reception: +234(0)8068178917
Available rates: From N6,500 per night.
Distance from Workshop Venue: Walking distance from workshop venue (PAA). Outside UNN Main Campus
(2) Old Carolina Hotel: 1 Obollo Road, Obukpa near Beach Junction, Nsukka
Contact Reception: +234(0)7033601709
Available Rates: From N6,000 per night.
Distance from Workshop Venue: Less than 1 km from workshop venue (PAA).
(3) Golden Valley Hotel & Suites: 1 Golden Valley Avenue, by Ugwuawarawa, Nsukka.
Contact Reception: +234(0)8148629039
Available Rooms & rates: Golden Executive (N6k); Golden Luxurious (N10k);
Golden Studio (N5k)
(4) Jerry Marriot Hotel: Near Hillcrest Primary School, (before Ugwuawarawa), Nsukka
Contact Reception: +234(0)805 158 8949; +234(0)9095567015
Available Rooms & rates: Violet Singles (N7k); Lilly Singles (N10k);
Peony Double (N12k); Peony Patios (N12.5k); Doubles (N15K);
Marriott Special (N20k); Daisy Suites (N30k)
(5) Kennan Lodge: 3, Alor-Uno Road, Isi Uja, Nsukka
Contact Reception: +234(0)8036760758
Available Rooms & rates: Kennan Standard (N10k); Luxury Standard (N10k);
Superior Deluxe (N14k); Executive Twin (N15k); Executive Suite (N25k)
(6) New Ikenga Hotels & Resorts: 160, Ogurugu Road, Nsukka
Contact Reception: +234(0)8037619825 (General Manager)
Available Rooms & rates: From N10, 800 per night.

(7) Grace Manor Hotel: Near Winners Church, Off Prison Road, Nsukka
Contact Reception: +234(0)7081047560
Available Rooms & rates: From N6,000 per night.

Workshop participants will be transported from their hotels to the venue of the workshop daily. Buses will be available 30 minutes to the commencement of each day’s activities.
Health Challenges
Participants are encouraged to report any case of sickness/ill health during their stay for the workshop. The University Medical Center will be notified for prompt intervention and service. The medical center is less than 1 km from workshop venue.


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